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Ch 2: Discussing Business & World Issues with ESL Students

About This Chapter

The teaching resources in this chapter help you with discussing business and world issues with your ESL students. You can use them to impart valuable information while increasing students' language fluency.

Discussing Business & World Issues with ESL Students - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find teaching resources designed help you involve your ESL students in class discussions on a variety of business topics and world issues. You can engage your students in talks about money, crime, the economy, technology, robotics and many more interesting and important topics. Your students can improve their vocabulary and fluency as they practice English, and the convenient online format allows you to access them from any Internet-capable device. Use these resources to stimulate class discussions on:

  • Robots and technology
  • Crime, risk, stereotypes and homelessness
  • Education, money and the economy
  • Traveling and airports
  • Job interviews, work and retirement
  • Success and the future
  • Environmental change and global warming

How It Helps

  • Expands communication skills : Introduces topics of immediate and wide-ranging interest that help ESL students learn to conduct business discussions in English.
  • Increases student knowledge: Provides a broad array of discussion topics that can help students participate in conversations on business, social and work-related issues.
  • Teaches English usage: Allows students to practice English-language usage skills while they explore important topics.

Skills Covered

By the time you've finished this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Guide your ESL students in discussions on business and world issues
  • Help your students increase their fluency and vocabulary through conversation
  • Have students practice answering job interview questions
  • Use role play to practice common business scenarios
  • Encourage conversations that help students use and understand business English

38 Lessons in Chapter 2: Discussing Business & World Issues with ESL Students
ESL Civics Lesson Plan

1. ESL Civics Lesson Plan

To understand basic civics in the United States is to understand how our government is set up. This lesson plan is designed to give a deeper understanding of each of the three branches of United States government as well as a basic introduction to the Constitution as a document on which our government has been established.

ESL Accounting Lesson Plan

2. ESL Accounting Lesson Plan

Knowing how to balance monies is an essential skill, whether it is for a personal account or an employer's cash sheet. This lesson focuses on teaching ESL students how to create and use a balance sheet for accounting.

ESL Discussion Topics About Education

3. ESL Discussion Topics About Education

Guided discussions are a great way for ESL students to improve both language and critical thinking skills. This lesson provides a variety of education-related topics that ESL students may discuss with classmates or answer on their own.

Ability Questions for ESL Students

4. Ability Questions for ESL Students

One of the best ways to boost your students' language is to engage them in interesting conversations. This lesson offers you some questions about ability to help get your students talking.

ESL Housing Lesson Plan

5. ESL Housing Lesson Plan

This lesson plan focuses on teaching vocabulary related to housing to English Language Learners. Students will read classified advertisements and role play conversations between themselves and a potential landlord.

ESL Conversation Questions About Success

6. ESL Conversation Questions About Success

Many ESL (English as a Second Language) learners view the ability to speak English well as a sign of success. This lesson provides teachers with success-related conversation questions that will enable students to think and talk about what success means to them.

ESL Job Interview Questions & Role Plays

7. ESL Job Interview Questions & Role Plays

One of the most intimidating situations for an English as Second Language (ESL) learner is a job interview in English. This lesson provides ESL teachers with job interview questions and role-play ideas for use in the classroom.

Work Questions for ESL Students

8. Work Questions for ESL Students

Work-related topics are among the most important to ESL (English as a Second Language) learners because many of them are trying to develop the language skills necessary to get a job. This lesson provides teachers with work-related conversation questions designed for classroom use.

ESL Business English Conversation Topics

9. ESL Business English Conversation Topics

This lesson provides a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) Business English topics for use in the classroom and two frameworks for using them. The topics range in difficulty level and can be easily adjusted to meet student needs.

Retirement Questions for ESL Students

10. Retirement Questions for ESL Students

Retirement is a topic that can engage students either because they know someone who is retired, has plans for retirement, or dreams about their retirement. This lesson gives you questions about retirement for a variety of ESL students.

ESL Conversation Questions About the Future

11. ESL Conversation Questions About the Future

Are you looking for some fun ways to teach future verb tenses and critical thinking skills? This lesson provides conversation question ideas about the future for ESL students. These can be implemented in pairs, groups or whole group classroom settings.

ESL Discussion Questions About Money

12. ESL Discussion Questions About Money

In this lesson, teachers will learn about facilitating small-group discussions with English as a Second Language (ESL) students regarding their background knowledge, experiences, and opinions relating to money. The intended audience ranges from elementary school students to adults. A list of sample conversation questions will be included.

ESL Money Games

13. ESL Money Games

In this lesson, we'll explore some fun games to play while teaching ESL students about currency. With these activities, you can create a memorable and entertaining learning experience for your ESL students.

Economy Questions for ESL Students

14. Economy Questions for ESL Students

This lesson helps you introduce the concept of the economy and provides a wide range of conversation questions on the topic. Additionally, pointers for modification and implementation are offered. Students' ages and academic ability levels may vary.

ESL Conversation Questions About Stereotypes

15. ESL Conversation Questions About Stereotypes

Stereotypes are very common, and it is a topic that students can find funny but also as a way to expand their view of the world. This lesson gives you a list of questions to get your students talking about stereotypes.

Risk Questions for ESL Students

16. Risk Questions for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about discussing risk with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample questions about risk-taking will be included.

Questions about Homelessness for ESL Students

17. Questions about Homelessness for ESL Students

In this lesson, teachers will learn about facilitating discussions about homelessness with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample discussion questions that are suitable for a range of age and grade levels will be included.

ESL Conversation Questions About Crime

18. ESL Conversation Questions About Crime

A crucial aspect of teaching English as a second language students is encouraging frequent conversation in the classroom. This lesson will go over some questions and ideas to get your ESL students talking about the topic of crime. Read on to learn more.

Using News Articles in an ESL Classroom

19. Using News Articles in an ESL Classroom

Want some ideas to incorporate news articles and current events in the ESL curriculum? This lesson describes the process of accomplishing exactly that including some tangible tricks, tips, and examples.

ESL Business Meeting Lesson Plan

20. ESL Business Meeting Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will help you teach your English language learners what to expect in a business meeting, as well as supporting their learning of business meeting-focused vocabulary.

Media Lesson Plan for ESL Students

21. Media Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Activities in this lesson plan will involve students in examining stories presented in a variety of media. They will compare and contrast the same story presented in several ways, and will identify and discuss bias and slant in media.

ESL Discussion Questions about Plagiarism

22. ESL Discussion Questions about Plagiarism

In this lesson, teachers will find some discussion questions to help teach English as a second language (ESL) students about plagiarism. These questions can not only be used to teach about plagiarism but also to help students practice speaking English.

Countries Lesson Plan for ESL Students

23. Countries Lesson Plan for ESL Students

This lesson plan provides teachers with classroom activities about countries for use with ESL (English as a Second Language) learners in elementary school.

ESL Corporate Culture Lesson Plan

24. ESL Corporate Culture Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce ESL students to some of the basic tenets of corporate culture. Students will discuss corporate practices and values, define key vocabulary, and practice navigating common scenarios.

Business Writing Exercises for ESL

25. Business Writing Exercises for ESL

Business writing is certainly a need our ESL students have. This lesson gives you some exercises that put your students to work on business writing in a fun way.

Online Shopping Lesson Plan for ESL Students

26. Online Shopping Lesson Plan for ESL Students

This lesson will help ESL students find reliable online sources for purchasing products and will focus on the process to purchase items, including setting up an online account. This lesson plan includes an activity to help students translate the information to real world skills.

ESL Customer Service Lesson Plan

27. ESL Customer Service Lesson Plan

English Language Learners participating in the activities in this lesson plan will learn phrases that they can use in a customer service employment situation. Students will learn appropriate phrases and will practice them through role-playing scenarios.

ESL Death Penalty Lesson Plan

28. ESL Death Penalty Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about the death penalty. They will review vocabulary as well as details of the opposing viewpoints on this controversial topic. Students will write an opinion piece as a culminating activity.

ESL Newspaper Headlines Activities

29. ESL Newspaper Headlines Activities

Would you like to give your ESL students some headline writing activities? This lesson provides you with some ideas to introduce headlines and engage your students in headline writing.

ESL Human Rights Lesson Plan

30. ESL Human Rights Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on introducing the concept of human rights and common violations of those rights to ESL students. Several activities are included to engage all levels and styles of learners.

ESL Media Discussion Questions

31. ESL Media Discussion Questions

Media is so pervasive in today's society that the ability to competently discuss both its advantages and disadvantages is a valuable skill for all ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. This lesson equips teachers with a variety of media related questions specifically designed for use in an ESL learning environment.

ESL Election Lesson Plan

32. ESL Election Lesson Plan

This lesson plan assists ESL learners in becoming active participants in the U.S. election system. Through election-focused vocabulary, students will complete voter registration forms and sample paper ballots.

ESL Globalization Lesson Plan

33. ESL Globalization Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will define globalization for ESL students. Students will be invited to find examples of globalization in their own lives by looking at where their products are made.

ESL Credit Cards Lesson Plan

34. ESL Credit Cards Lesson Plan

In a society heavily reliant on credit, it is important for all students to understand credit cards. This lesson focuses on introducing ESL students to common terms related to credit cards and how to navigate through offers to choose the right card for their needs.

ESL Conversation Questions About Credit Cards

35. ESL Conversation Questions About Credit Cards

Your ESL students should be fairly familiar with credit cards, especially if they are adults. This lesson provides you with some engaging ways to introduce credit cards as a topic plus some discussion questions.

ESL Gangs Lesson Plan

36. ESL Gangs Lesson Plan

This lesson will focus on helping ESL students define gangs found in the United States, understand how they function, and analyze their societal impact.

ESL Government Lesson Plan

37. ESL Government Lesson Plan

In this lesson, ESL students will analyze the United States government and its three main branches. This lesson provides vocabulary, discussion topics, and some activities to use with students.

ESL Discussion Questions about Immigration

38. ESL Discussion Questions about Immigration

Immigration is an engaging but sensitive topic for discussion in the ESL classroom. Therefore, this lesson provides general discussion questions that address different aspects of immigration.

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